Bum in Cameroon

Joshua Project has identified the Bum only in Cameroon





Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The Bum People live in the mountains in the Northwest Province of Cameroon. The Bum trace their history back to the Tikar people. They consistently describe themselves as a people who live in peace, are hardworking, loving of themselves and strangers, and a people without hunger. The Bum people are unified and have no history of tribal or inter-tribal wars or conflicts. They are proud to be Bum and proud of their language. Clans are governed by "Fons" (Chiefs) under a Fon of all Bum. A major natural disaster struck the Bum people in August 1986 when an explosion of natural gas from a lake located in the mountains killed many people and livestock.

The Bum homeland is said to be the first place among the Grassfields Region where a man called Mamadou planted an evangelical church in 1880. Despite this long history of Christian Witness, the Bible has never been translated into the Bum language.

Bum Proverb: Only an orphan understands the trouble of an orphan. The proverb means that if one person has experienced a particular difficulty, then he can understand the person who is currently experiencing that same kind of difficulty.

Profile Source:   Anonymous  

Expanded PDF Profile

People Name General Bum
People Name in Country Bum
Population in Cameroon 34,000
World Population 34,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 3.2
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names
Affinity Bloc Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster Bantu, Cameroon-Bamileke
People Name General Bum
Ethnic Code NAB57a
People ID 11009
Country Cameroon
Region West and Central Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country North West Province, Boyo Division, Bum Subdivision, mainly Fonfuka village.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Bum (34,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Bum 34,000
For Primary Language: Bum

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (2008)
New Testament No
Complete Bible No
Audio Bible Online
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Online New Testament (FCBH) Audio Recordings
Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Subdivision: Protestant

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 20.00 %)
74.00 %
Ethnic Religions
26.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
3.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
30.0 %
62.0 %
Roman Catholic
5.0 %
Map Source: Anonymous  
Profile Source: Anonymous  
Data Sources: Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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